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 Brown Smoothhound (Mustelus henlei)

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Brown Smoothhound
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Ground sharks (Carcharhiniformes)
    Family: Houndsharks (Triakidae)
      Genus: Mustelus (Mustelus)


Scientific: Mustelus henlei
German: Brauner Glatthai
English: Brown Smoothhound
French: Emissole brune
Spanish: Musola parda


A slender smoothhound shark. Short head with a moderately long snout. First dorsal fin broadly triangular. Moderately large pectoral fins. Large caudal peduncle.


Iridescent bronze-brown upper body with white ventral surface. No white spots, or dark spots or dark bars.


Cold temperate waters. Eastern Pacific: northern California, Equador to Peru.


Abundant inshore and offshore. Lives preferably close to bottom, down to a depth of 200 m but has been found at the surface too. Very often in muddy, shallow bays. Solitary or in schools.


Crabs, shrimps, polychaete worms and other invertebrates, small fishes.


Small, average size between 50 cm and 70 cm, maximum total length about 95 cm.


Viviparous, with yolksac-placenta. 3 to 9 pups per litter. Size at birth about 20 cm. Males and females reach sexual maturity at a size between 50 cm and 65 cm.

 Similar Species

Grey smooth-hound that has a much lighter color and is not iridescent bronze-brown. Sicklefin smooth-hound that has a lower caudal lobe that is sickel-shaped.


Status in the IUCN Red List:

No Entry found in Red List.

 Danger to Humans


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